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Dr Giacomo Squicciarini BSc, MSc, PhD


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Dr Giacomo Squicciarini is a Lecturer within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Giacomo is currently appointed as Lecturer in the Dynamics group within the ISVR at the University of Southampton. He is involved in various aspects of Railway Noise and Vibration, particularly rolling noise and curve squeal, and vibroacoustics.

Before joining this University Giacomo obtained a PhD at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) on the vibroacoustics of piano soundboards.

Giacomo teaches Dynamics, Acoustical Engineering Design and Noise Control at undergraduate and master students.

In 2013 Giacomo was awarded the Best poster presentation award at the 11th International Workshop on Railway Noise.

Research interests

  • Theoretical modelling of rolling noise: predictions of noise radiated by a train wheel rolling on a rail.
  • Curve squeal: measurements and models for understanding and mitigating curve squeal noise
  • Railway noise measurements. Various aspects of railway noise measurements including microphone arrays for source identification.
  • Noise radiation from plates and acoustic response.
  • Piano acoustics: experiments and numerical modelling of grand piano soundboards.
PhD research

Vibroacoustic investigation of a grand piano soundboard

Research group

Dynamics Group

Research project(s)

Railway damping technologies

Virtual certification of acoustic performance for freight and passenger trains


Roll2Rail was one of the lighthouse projects of Shift2Rail, supported by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. The Roll2Rail project focussed on rolling stock and aimed to develop key technologies as part of a longer term strategy to revolutionise the rolling stock for the future.


RUN2RAIL was a Shift2Rail Open Call project within the Horizon2020 Programme. RUN2Rail explored a number of technical developments for future railway running gear, looking into ways to design trains that are more reliable, lighter, less damaging to the track, more comfortable and less noisy.


TRANSIT is a Shift2Rail project that will provide the railway community with a proven set of innovative tools and methodologies that reduce the environmental impact and improve interior acoustic comfort of railway vehicles.

Modelling of rail corrugation growth in curved track

Prediction of Railway Impact Noise due to Wheel/Rail Discontinuities

Sound radiation of a rotating railway wheelset

Modelling sound generation in pianos

The influence of existing buildings on ground-borne vibration from railways


SILVARSTAR is a Shift2Rail project that will develop a commonly accepted methodology and a user-friendly prediction tool for ground vibration; and develop a fully functional system for auralisation and visualisation of railway noise based on physics-based models.

The Influence of Baseplate Fastening Systems on Railway Rolling Noise

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Book Chapters


Module titleCodeRoleProgramme

Dynamics in Mechanics, Structures and Materials

FEEG1002 Lecturer for Dynamics Acoustical/Aero/Mech/Ship/Civil Engineering
Noise Control Engineering ISVR3064 Lecturer Acoustical/Mech Engineering
Acoustical Engineering Design ISVR3059 Lecturer and Module lead Acoustical Engineering
Dr Giacomo Squicciarini
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number NNN: 13/3079

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